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e iciga Dail LXXXIX, No. 14-S
Sixteen Pages
Ann Arbor, Michigan Ten Cents
U' to sell controversial stock

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The University Board of Regents
voted yesterday to sell the University's
shares in a corporation that has refused
to comply with Regental guidelines
concerning business practices in South
Africa. The move marked the first time
the board has divested from a firm sin-
ce the South African policy was
established more than a year ago.
The Regents instructed the Univer-
sity administration to sell the Univer-
sity's holdings in Black and Decker
Manufacturing Co., which has failed to
confirm that it is following principles in
its South Africa dealings similar to the
standards adopted by the Regents in
March 1978.
THE REGENTAL policy asked all
corporations in which the University
has invested to affirm the Sullivan
Principles or their equivalent, which
plan, Ziel suggested cutting the amount
of educational space in the proposed
Arnold Rich, an attorney for the
Senate Finance Agency, which
evaluates funding requests for the
Seante, said that although the state
recognized the teaching mission of
University Hospital, he questioned
whether there was not a cheaper way to
provide teaching space.
"WE'RE REPLACING a hospital,
See 'U', Pages

are designed to ensure a more equitable
treatment of employees in South
Africa. That country maintains a
system of apartheid which has aroused
the long-standing concern of many cm-
pus activists.
Specifically, the policy calls for cor-
porate "affirmation of the Sullivan
Principles; corporate encouragement
to endorse the enhancement of political,
economic and social rights for all of the
corporations' employees in South
Africa: and regular reports to publicly
disclose corporate progress toward
achievement in these matters."
Black and Decker reported it does not
subscribe to the Sullivan code, and "do
not believe that the Company's policies
should be dictated by, nor the Company
report to, any private special interest
group, regardless of the merit of the
group's objectives."
The company also responded that it
"does not have any regular reports of
policies and practices to publicly
disclose relative to investment policies
and social responsibilities in that coun-
try (South Africa) and therefore cannot
comply with your (the University's)
IT DID SAY however, that "it is
Company policy to be governed by the
'Golden Rule,' and we insist on treating
our employees fairly."
At the April meeting, the Regents
voted not to divest from Black & Decker
or G. D. Searle, a pharmaceutical com-
pany, because although neither com-
pany had affirmed the Sullivan Prin-
ciples or answered the University's
questions regarding their practices in
See 'U', Page t,

'U' officials
A Daily News Analysis
In planning a new University
Hospital, University and state officials
are trying to put a price tag on the
medical education the University
provides the state.
University officials devised a $254
million plan to replace the existing
hospital, but now they are wondering
how much money they can realistically
ask the state to provide for educational
space in the proposed hospital.
MEANWHILE, state officials are
asking themselves how much the state
needs to spend on educating future
health professionals.
The University Board of Regents
Thursday gave Hospital planners the
go-ahead to ask for a 30-day delay in the
hospital review process from the
Michigan Department of Public Health.
The state department, which was
scheduled to decide whether to approve
the hospital plans by June 8, now has
until early July before it must reach a

consider med
Alan Smith said Thursday the delay
would allow the University to come up
with proposals for changes in the
hospital plans. On May 7, Dr. Hermann
Ziel, chief of the Bureau of Health Care
Administration in the public health
department told the University to scale
down the hospital plans or face possible
rejection of the project.
In addition to telling the University to
consider cost cutting measures such as
reducing the number of beds or the
number of private rooms in the hospital

Ed school minority office may close

The Office of Minority Affairs in the
School of Education may close this
summer if Dean Joan Stark chooses not
to fund it, according to the office's
director, Peter Bunton.
The office is instrumental in the
recruitment of minorities to the
Graduate School of Education, as well
as providing students with academic
and financial information and referral.

If the office closes for the summer
students will not be able to get assistan-
ce for the fall, and the office will be
unable to begin recruitment for the
1980-8t.academic year, said Bunton.
"I'm afraid if in fact we close for the
summer, the office may never open
again," he said. The school's declining
minority enrollment will not likely be
increased if the office closes, according
to Bunton.

FUnding shortages have led Stark to
consider eliminating the office, Bunton
"THE DEAN indicated that it costs
$18,000 (a year) to run the Office of
Minority Affairs. From what I under-
stand, the School of Education is in
debt," said Bunton.
He also said the school's spring term

Gays attempt to regain religious affiliations

Homosexuals here and elsewhere suffer unique bias
in every area from employment to housing. But
nowhere is discrimination against gays more severe
than in the area of religion.
Most campaigns against homosexuality have been
on religious grounds. Anti-gay activists like Anita
Bryant have wrapped themselves in a religious mantle
and condemned homosexuality as contradictory to the
written word of God.
BUT MANY gays have questioned this so-called con-
demnation and have attempted to regain their own or
new spiritual affiliations. And despite the attempts by
various church denominations to keep gays from en-
croaching on their religious communities, some gays
have been able to satisfy their religious needs in the

Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC).
There are more than 100 MCCs all over the country,
including two in Michigan: One in Ann Arbor and one
in Detroit. Ann Arbor's MCC, which opened its doors
last September, is a Christian church with a special
ministry which caters to the gay community.
According to Rev. Ted Richmond, the minister for
the Ann Arbor MCC, the church is not just for gays but
for all people, bisexual, homosexual and heterosexual.
"We reject the term 'gay church.' We're trying to
bring liberation to people, both gay and non-gay."
Ann Arbor's MCC currently has 25 registered mem-
bers, the majority of which are gay, speculated Rich-
mond, who is gay.
"MCC'S HAVE had more hatred and violence (ex-
pressed toward them) than any gay liberation

organization because we threaten the basic foundation
of society. We're claiming Anita Bryant's religion and
demanding to be recognized," Richmond said.
Twelve MCC churches around the country have been
burned by arsonists, according to Rev. Nancy Wilson,
the lesbian minister for Detroit's MCC. She adds,
however, that neither the branch there or the one in
Ann Arbor have been physically harassed.
Wilson explained that violence was not the only thing
the-MCC's are up against. She said the MCC lacks sup-
port and recognition by other local denominations and
religious organizations.
THREE YEARS AGO, the Detroit MCC applied for ,
membership in the Christian Communications Council
of Metropolitan Detroit Churches. But the MCC was
See RELIGIOUS, Page 12

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